Cover Image

Academician L. V. Pisarzhevsky is the founder of chemical science and education in Dnipropetrovsk university

Valerij S. Kovalenko, Viktor F. Vargaliuk, Nadiia V. Stets


The article is devoted to the 140 anniversary of birth of the academician Lev Vladimirovich Pisarzhevsky, who was a distinguished chemical scientist, founder of the important area of chemical science – electronic chemistry. The article dwells upon the basic stages of the scientist’s life and creative art. The major results of scientific and educational activity during Dnipropetrovsk period of his life are reported. His role in the foundation of dnipropetrovsk scientific school of physical chemistry, as well as in its establishment, is shown. The pioneering role of the academician L. V. Pisarzhevsky in the formation of the theory of redox reactions as processes of returning and joining of electrons, which is generally accepted nowadays, as well as in the creation of backgrounds of modern electronic theories of catalysis, has been shown. L. V. Pisarzhevsky is characterized as a wonderful lecturer and teacher who expounded chemical material from the point of view of electronic conception and laid the foundation for the reformation of chemistry. The role of the academician L. V. Pisarzhevsky in the foundation of Dnipropetrovsk University and its chemical department, as well as in the organization of educational process in this establishment, is exposed using archive materials, which are kept in the funds of the State Archive of the Dnipropetrovsk region and of the historical museum of Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University.


L. V. Pisarzhevsky; electronic chemistry; theory of catalysis; Institute of physical chemistry; Dnipropetrovsk university


Brodskyj, A. I. Lev Vladimirovich Pisarchevskyj, Lyudy russkoy nauky. Moskow: Gosfizmatizdat, vol. 1, 1961, P. 574–584. [in Russian]

Kovalenko, V. S., Vargaljuk, V. F., Stets, N. V. Akademik Lev Volodymyrovych Pysarzhevskyy: monohrafiya. Seriya «Vydatni postati universytetu». Dnípropetrovs'k: Dnepropetrovsk University Publishing House, 2013, 112 p. [in Ukrainian]

Lev Volodymyrovych Pysarzhevskyy (1874-1938). Materialy pro zhyttya i tvorchist. Kiev: Vid-vo AN URSR, 1940, 156 p. [in Ukrainian]

Yacymyrskyj, K. B., Kostrova, R. A. Lev Volodymyrovych Pysarzhevskyy. Kiev: Nauk. dumka 1975, 79 p. [in Ukrainian]

Kuzmenko, S. I. Do biohrafiyi L. V. Pysarzhevskoho, The State Archives of the Dnepropetrovsk region, F. R680, l. 1, f. 40, s. 2. [in Ukrainian]

Mendeleev, D. I. Osnovyi himii. Moscow; Leningrad: Nauchtehhimizdat, vol. 2, 1947, 708 p. [in Russian]

Pysarzhevskyj, L. V. Elektron v himii: izbrannyie trudyi. Kiev: Izd-vo AN USSR, 1956, 191 p. [in Russian]

Pysarzhevskyj, L. V. Izbrannyie trudyi v oblasti kataliza. Kiev: Izd-vo AN USSR, 1955, 152 p. [in Russian]

Berezovskaya, F. I. A chemical faculty of the Dnepropetrovsk State university is school of academician L. V. Pysarzhevskyj, Tvorcheskyy put akademyka Lva Vladymyrovycha Pysarzhevskoho. Kharkov; Dnepropetrovsk, 1935, P.17–19. [in Russian]

Pysarzhevskyj, L. V., Rozenberg, M. A. Neorhanycheskaya khymyya. Kharkov; Kiev: Hosnauchtehyzdat Ukrayny, 1934, 564 p. [in Russian]

Pysarzhevskyj, L. V. History of development of department and founding of institute. Visti Ukrayinskoho naukovo-doslidchoho instytutu fizychnoyi khimiyi, 1929, vol. 2, p. 1–9. [in Ukrainian]

Istoriya Dnipropetrovskoho natsionalnoho universytetu, edited by N. V. Polyakov. Dnipropetrovsk: Dnepropetrovsk University Publishing House, 2003, 232 p. [in Ukrainian]

Kovalenko, V. S., Chmylenko, F. A., Vargaljuk, V. F. Istoriya khimichnoho fakultetu Dnipropetrovskoho natsionalnoho universytetu (naukovi napryamy, podiyi, lyudy). Dnipropetrovsk: Dnepropetrovsk University Publishing House, 2011, 192 p. [in Ukrainian]

Rozenberg, M. A., Berezovskaya, F. I., Skarre, O. K. There are thirty years to the chemical faculty, Materials to history of DSU. Museum of history of DSU, KP 165, f. 273. [in Russian]

Nauchnaya rabota khymycheskoho fakulteta. Museum of history of DSU, KP 179, f. 269. [in Russian]

Comments on this article

View all comments

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Journal of Chemistry and Technologies
eISSN: 2663-2942 | pISSN: 2663-2934
Address of
The journal publishes scientific works on conditions: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Founder: Oles Honchar Dnipro National University